I've always liked HD and Victory bikes, heck many other brands too!
But while I really liked the Victorys, here in Canada, the MSRP on all brands of motorcycles is way higher then what you guys stateside see. So, if you're looking at a new Cross Country and a new Street Glide, the Victory wasn't much cheaper, maybe a couple thousand.
BTW, I'm not at all implying that the Vics aren't as good as Harleys and should be priced lower because of it, what I'm saying is that Harley is in the position to price their bikes pretty damn high because of their popularity and cache(even though everybody on the block has one). *Victory doesn't have a herd mentality, owners that see the brand almost as a religion or something.
Even though I believe that the Victory is probably a better bike over all, I've always felt that since they don't have this cache, "heritage/history", marketing, and other BS, etc... to go along with the brand, there should have been a bigger spread in prices between similar bikes in each camp.
Here's where the price advantage kicks in for us in Atlantic Canada, just wait until August and see the prices drop! We just had a bikers weekend last week here in our town and Victory had a booth set up there and man, they had slashed the prices of all the remaining 2012-2013 bikes.
A brand new 2013 Cross Country in red was reduced by about $4000! And a brand new 2013 Cross Country Tour in blue was knocked down appx. $3000.
So, with that kind of deal, you get your 2013 Cross Country for probably $6000 less then a 2013 HD Street Glide, especially after the taxes are factored in. Now that
difference in price is hard to turn down. Man, that's a lot of money.
I've never seen a Harley sit for any amount of time on the showroom floor here at our local dealer, they always sell, there's no price slashing going on here and they always sell. HD just has life too easy, the bikes seem to sell themselves and nobody seems to mind paying the asking price.
Too bad I'm too poor right now to pull the trigger on anything(must.....resist...)
, even a great deal like that. Dang!
Oh well, at least now I know for sure that the Vics are a hell of a deal, just don't be in a hurry to buy one and you'll do alright.